January 2017 Verse

1 Peter 1:22, “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.”

Genuine. I have no words.

Guys, our Lord loves us with EVERYTHING. His love is unconditional. The least we can do is strive to show others His love through us.

Now, let me tell you all a little something.

Everyday I hear drama at school. Drama really tears people down so much. Why does drama exist anyways, people ask. We hear “rumors” and even just simple statements, and unaware if it is true or not, we like to start talking about it and telling others. This “gossip” that gets around can hurt people. No matter if you’re a guy or a girl, young or old, you are all sensitive somehow.

From going to public school my whole life, I have heard many things true and also a lot more things that were made up being spread around person to person. All of this hatred in school has led to arguments which led to rumors that quickly led into a big gossip. I will admit, I have gossiped before. Everyone has. But from that, I learned so many lessons.

People always say “middle school changes people” or “high school changes people”. But those statements are false. The school has nothing to do with every single person in changing their character. If someone changes from “that school”, it is who they surround themselves with and the choices they make that actually change them. I will admit, ever since the beginning middle school, I have had the hardest time keeping friends who will lift me up rather than break me down. I can’t stand to hear the drama or be around the judgmental people anymore. All I want to do, see, and hear is love shining through. But we are called to share the gospel with ALL. The people who are rude, the people who are kind, your friends, the ones you don’t always associate with, E V E R Y O N E!

The surrounding verses of 1 Peter 1:22 are talking about being Holy in everything you do, by doing everything through Christ. It is impossible to be like Christ, just like it is impossible to be fully devoted to Him. Even like I said in the last blog, you have to strive in everything you to do pull yourself up to Him. The Lord has His hand waving it in front of you, just waiting to pull you up to Him so He may protect you. But for that to happen, you must grab onto His hand. He just wants you to love Him and love others, deeply.

What is the first thing you notice in people when you first meet them? For me, I try my best to pay attention to the way they love and treat others. Love is one of the most important qualities. Not only because of our definition of love today, but because Jesus is love. If someone really is showing loving qualities, then they are showing qualities of striving to be like Jesus Christ.

So once we start seeking Christ and striving to be like Him, we are called to do many things in His word. We are called to love, to share the gospel, and live through Him. But for this verse, the most important thing He is trying to get across to you is the importance of love. LOVE PEOPLE. LOVE HIM. Stop all of the hatred and judgement and start loving and complementing.

He loves us with more than we could ever imagine. He is greater, greater than all. Nothing is better than His unconditional love, so reach out and help others seek His unfailing love.

Sydney Vickery


“Holy is the Lord revealed before my eyes
And my burning heart can scarcely take it in
As I behold your beauty with unworthy eyes
The only song my soul can find to sing
Is Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah my King”

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